Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Note to self

Not too many extra tours to take during our UK tour. Dublin music and dancing sounds like fun and I expect drinks will be involved. Beatles tour in Liverpool might be interesting.

I don't want to catch anything, so I will watch others kiss the Blarney Stone.

WTF is Giant's Causeway in Northern Island. I guess we will find out. During our NZ cruise, this was highly recommended to us.

It will take only about four minutes longer using the Piccadilly Line to get to our hotel in London rather than the Heathrow Express, and much cheaper. It would take much longer in a taxi or Uber. We have no idea what credit we have on our Oyster Cards, but I expect very little. We will need to top them up before travelling. (Must check out foreign transaction fees for Uber) Buses from Greenwich North Station to our hotel are confusing but there are lots of them.

Ah, whiskey tasting in Scotland. Just the one thanks. Ok, if you insist.......

Money worked out. We will use our bank's travel card and take some notes. We are four days in Ireland and will need Euro. We haven't worked that out yet.

Phone data card worked out, Vodafone. Will buy at Heathrow. I think 40gb for £30. But it won't work in Ireland. We will worry about that at the time. Maybe hunt for free wifi or perhaps there is cheap data card to buy there.

We are taking a day trip to Brighton and will probably come back as gays. Great kudos to you if you know what that reference is about. Half an hour to London Bridge from our hotel to catch the train to Brighton. We will allow an hour and maybe have time for coffee.

R wants to see the changing of the Palace Guard. I have worked on that. Get there early.  I want to see the dropped aitches at Soho Square, and perhaps go to a sleazy Soho gay bar. Again, well done if you know the reference about dropped aitches. Perhaps easier than coming back from Brighton as gays.

Called in sick to work today and I am seeing my doctor tomorrow. In spite of a change of medication my blood pressure is through the roof. Such a shame that I should be on long service leave but am not,  and all these medical issues would be dealt with within my leave. Instead I am constantly having to use work paid sick leave to address my medical issues.

I have another medical appointment next week, another day sick leave from work.

Later edit: Also recommended to us in Northern Ireland is the Titanic Museum. We may have some free time there to see that.

Later edit: Actor Liz Smith played Nana in The Royle Family and she knew someone who went to Brighton and 'came back a gay'. From  a song sung by the Henry Higgins character in My Fair Lady, 'see  them all in Soho Square, dropping aitches everywhere', in reference to how they speak.

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  1. I am so sorry that you are being plagued with ill health. And medical tests. There is a bit of that here too and it is much easier without the inconvenience of work.
    You are planning another trip? Yay.

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    1. EC, thanks, but none of my issues make me feel unwell. Yes, trip planned.

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  2. Beatles tour is good but museum is amazing.
    Giants' Causeway definitely but don't miss the bridge like we did.
    Scotch tasting in Scotland definitely. But we crawled back to the resort.
    Changing of Guard is great.
    I want to go to a sleazy Soho bar! And I get the gay references.

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    1. Jackie, The Bridge. Thanks. I don't really know if there are sleazy Soho bars, but I will check.

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  3. High blood pressure and being overweight are the two worst things that can damage an otherwise healthy middle aged person. I should know ... After my mother died in very dodgy circumstances, I had to have a pace maker put in :(

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    1. Hels, only a little heavier than I should be. Counter intuitive but when I had three months work leave, my blood pressure went up. No one now should die from basic heart failure or problems.

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  4. I don't know what those Brighten referrals mean, coming back gay. Oh well, I'm in the dark about lots of things. I hope your bp can get under control, that's scary.

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    1. Stayer, I will make an edit to the post. I hope you get your bp checked. Plenty of reasons for it to be high.

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  5. I think we all need to take note to self and at time have a good conversation with one self.
    Sound like your doing ok.
    Coffee is on

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  6. Hope your BP issues get sorted out before your trip Andrew.
    So great to be planning a holiday :)

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    1. Thanks Sami. While some of the holiday planning has been ok, it has been hard work and many mistakes were made.

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  7. I believe the Giant's Causeway is a disappointment. Possibly better to simply buy a postcard. I'm sorry I won't be at my Brighton home; I would have invited you both for Tea!

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    1. Cro, indeed it is a shame that you won't be in Brighton as I would love to take tea with you.

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  8. Dropped aitches can be seen? Colour me clueless, I have no idea what the references mean.
    Wise to not kiss the Blarney Stone. When do you leave?
    Sorry to hear about your blood pressure, the stress of having to be back at work may have something to do with that as well as all the sorting and organising for your holiday. I'd like to know if Ireland is as green, green, green as everyone says.

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    1. River, I will edit the post with the answer to dropping aitches and coming back as a gay from Brighton. Early July we take off. R is fond of quoting me when we were northern England, and I expect the same is true of Ireland, the green is so bright it hurts my eyes. It really is like that.

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  9. I pay everything by bank card like here in my supermarket not even the Visa or Master card (but can too in the UK) The hotels have all Wifi you have sometimes to ask for the code. In Dublin it was the same and in Northern Island too, I just had a few pounds with me. I don't like carrying money around. I loved this tour, I made first the UK tour and then the Ireland tour you can see pictures here http://gattinatravels.blogspot.com/ under UK. When you go on your tour I fly to Munich and start my Eastern Highlight tour ! It's a pity that we can't meet in London !

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    1. Gattina, it is an expensive thing for us to do, just pay with our usual cards as we would at home. I remember your UK tour very well, and yes it is such a shame we can't meet in London and you catch up with Marie too.

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  10. Wonderful sounding trip and dropping you 'h'. Am I correct on that?
    Brighton - unofficial 'G' capital in Britain?
    Not long to wait then I presume.
    Hope you get your BP sorted out before you leave and it is a nuisance you have to work when you should be on long service leave.

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    1. Margaret, solution is now at the end of the post. Yes, Brighton is kind of the gay city of England. Thanks.

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  11. Andrew, I once found it incredibly time consuming when taking the Tube all the way out to Heathrow. It seemed to take forever. So on my next 5 visits to the U.S, I used the Heathrow Express...so fast, but yes, much more expensive.
    Shame though that you're not staying in Praed St Paddington, the arrival point of the Heathrow Express.
    But hurry up and get better for your trip.

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    1. Dee, of course I will check again but I've checked with both TfL planner and Google Maps, and that is what comes up. Our last two London visits we stayed within walking distance of Paddington and there was of course no question that the Heathrow Express was the best mode.

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  12. Brighton, Britain's most popular gay seaside destination 😉 Keep your eye out for Prince 'arry. When are you off?

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    1. Grace, it is. Yes, chance encounter with the former bad boy royal would be good.

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  13. You might find this useful https://www.timeout.com/london/events/gay-soho

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    1. Thanks Marie. I've heard of the first two listed. The very first might be suitable for we who don't do late nights anymore.

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    2. The list order changes. Admiral Duncan Hotel and G-A-Y.

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  14. Just drop me off in Scotland...I'll catch up with you later...after I've finished the Scotch tasting! :)

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    1. Lol Lee. You'll catch up or have to be picked up?

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